I SO enjoyed my meal here. The atmosphere is cute but the food was outstanding. Although I can only vouch for the 2 dishes we ordered. The porcini mushroom risotto- cooked perfectly full of flavor and the gnocchi with handcut meat sauce - which are housemade daily and literally almost melt in your mouth accompanied by tender tiny pieces of meat in sauce (not ground meat). My father is a full- Italian chef and this food tasted just like his from the northern part of Italy. I am usually unhappy with Italian food because of my dad's profession but I literally wanted to stand up and applaud the kitchen while yelling "Bravo". If I had to point out 1 tiny negative it's that the staff was confusing. there didn't seem to be a hostess - we were sat by the bartender, then we thought the busser was our waiter because he was dressed the part, but the waitress turned out to be a lady dressed in a dress that looked like the manager. All this said - our service did not suffer. Perhaps they were short handed and everyone just kind of pitched in? It was a Saturday night so I'm not sure if its always like this or perhaps just this evening we were there. This place is only a 5 min drive from The Grove and WAY less crowded - so if you are there shopping, I would recommend leaving and having dinner here instead. The prices are also a few buck less per dish that the Italian option at The Grove. There is $5 valet parking so you don't have to worry about finding a spot on busy La Brea. I would definitely recommend this and can't wait to go back.
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